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Demetrius McDaniel is the Regional Operating Shareholder of Texas, Co-Chair of the firm's Government Law & Policy Practice, Chair of the firm's Texas Government Law & Policy Practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Federal Government Law & Policy Practice. Demetrius counsels and provides advocacy for Fortune 500 and other large private and public sector clients on federal, state and local legal and public policy matters. His broad knowledge of federal and state government allows him to collaboratively develop strategies to help clients address complex problems that have a government origin or nexus. Demetrius consults with clients on their strategic objectives and provides advice on important issues that may impact their business opportunities, increase their compliance with laws and regulations, and assist them in building internal systems to proactively address potential problems with all levels of government.

Prior to joining the firm, Demetrius worked in several capacities as a special assistant to a statewide official and as a legislative assistant to a member of the Texas legislature, which enabled him to gain knowledge about the workings of Texas state government. After his work in state government for seven years, Demetrius joined a major international law firm. During his almost 20 years at that firm he rose to the level of capital partner, and he represented many of the firm's major clients on significant issues before the executive and legislative branches of federal and state government. His long tenure in working with federal and state officials has provided him with exceptional knowledge and skills to represent clients on a wide variety of issues.


  • Public law and policy
  • Policy and regulation


Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, The National Black Lawyers (NBL), "Top 100 in Texas," 2022
  • Recipient, Austin Black Business, "Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyer Awards," 2019
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice, 2007-2023
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations Practice, Austin, 2016 and 2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2004 and 2016-2020
  • Listed, "Top Lobbyist and Influencer," Lawyers of Color & On Being a Black Lawyer, 2014, 2020
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year," Government Relations, 2014
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Government Relations, Austin Metropolitan Area
  • Listed, "Top Lawyers/Lobbyists in Texas," Texas Power Lobby Rankings, 2003-2013
  • Listed, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2009-2010
  • Named, "Best of Business Law," Austin Business Journal,  June/July 2004
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.B.A., Finance, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas
Admitted in Texas. Not admitted in the District of Columbia.